Open fit Hearing Aids

If the latest hearing aids look too cool to be heading aids, thats because the hearing aid industry is emphasising sound quality and cosmetic appeal like never before. An entirely new class of svelte hearing aids is being create called receiver in canal (RIC). These instruments are virtually unnoticeable when worn. They are unique because of a very smart engineering design with remarkable results: the separation of the receiver (speaker) from the rest of the hearing aid. The ultra slim computer processor is worn hidden in the hairline just behind the ear, The receiver rests in the ear canal, secured by a vented silicon tip. A hair-thin transmission wire, not a tube connects the two. The popularity of RIC instruments has spread quickly by word of mouth among Baby Boomers, who in turn are telling their parents… who in turn are telling their friends. Here’s why:

1 More Efficient: The receiver is already near your eardrum, so sound doesn’t have to travel through tubed plumbing to reach its target. Because of this, less power (volume) is needed.

6 Repair Easily: Should the receiver need repair, this modular component can quickly be replaced by your audiologist, usually while you wait. that means less time without your hearing instrument.

2 Size & Technology: The space available in a tiny, hidden-when-worn RIC is still greater than a completely-in -canal model, allowing needed space for better digital processing features such as adaptive directional microphones, noise reduction and feedback cancellation. Some models offer FM, Bluetooth, or telecoil for listening wirelessly in public spaces or to devices like TVs and Phones.

7 Reprogrammable: RIC instruments are flexible and adaptable to changes in hearing loss. They can be reprogrammed by computer at the local hearing aid office to shape the output of the hearing aids should the wearer’s hearing change.

3 Comfort: The fit and feel of a professionally fit RIC allows most patients to forget they have them on. The piece that is worn behind the ear fits snugly and comfortably for even the most active wearer.

8 Cosmetics: RICs are slim, light and beautiful. Instead of a tube, a thin transmission wire slightly larger than a human hair blends with your skin and connects the digital processor with the receiver.

4 Natural Sound: These instruments are designed not to occlude or “plug-up” your ears; instead a thin vented tip holds the receiver in position , allowing natural sound to reach the eardrum unamplified. More natural sound quality overall and improved own-voice quality is possible with RIC instruments.

9 Longer Battery Life: Because RIC instruments have more room for electronics than a completely-in-canal model, there is frequently space for a larger battery, resulting in longer battery life.

5 Reduced Feedback: The increased distance between the microphone and the receiver cuts down on amplified sound re-entering the microphone, which can result in whistling. More volume can be delivered to the ear without feedback, thereby helping patients with greater hearing losses.

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Fit And Go: These instruments can usually be selected, fit, programmed and worn home the same day for instant hearing improvement.

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